Portadown are back in Playr-Fit Championship action this evening when we face Newington at Shamrock Park, kick off 7:45pm.

Portadown come into the game off the back of 2-2 draw with Bangor last Saturday at Clandeboye Park after snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat with goals from Dougie Wilson (86′) & Eamon Fyfe (90’+1) salvaging a point for the Ports while Newington were 2-1 winners over Ballinamallard United with Paul Donnelly grabbing a 90’+5 minute winner for Paul Hamilton’s men at Ferney Park.

So far this season Newington have played 16 league games, winning 9 and losing 7 and currently sit 4th in the Playr-Fit Championship.

The last time the two clubs met was back on 15 October 2023 with Portadown winning 2-0 at Inver Park thanks to goals from Ryan Mayse and Ross Redman.

Prior to the Championship meeting between the clubs in October, the two had only met each other twice competitively and both coming in cup competitions. Portadown beating Newington in 2008 in an Irish Cup 5th round tie at Shamrock Park thanks to a Gary McCutcheon goal and then in 2021 two goals from Harry Anderson secured a 2-0 win for the Ports at Shamrock Park in a League Cup tie.

This evening will be Newington’s first ever visit to Shamrock Park to take Portadown on in a league meeting.

Portadown manager Niall Currie commented

We’re all looking forward to this evenings game, a Friday night game and we know that that always generates a fantastic atmosphere. Everybody’s excited and everybody’s ready to go and we’ll totally focus on ourselves. We know how good Newington can be and we’re not taking them lightly by any means but as long as we’re at our levels we fear nobody.

It was obviously a big blow losing Chris Rodgers for the foreseeable future while Dougie Wilson is maybe ahead of schedule and we’re asking a lot of him to come in straight away after a few minutes in U20s games but it’s the situation we’re in and actually Dougie is the only recognised centre half we have available to us at the club at the minute, we’re also basically in the same situation in the forward positions with Paul McElroy and Eoin Bradley unavailable but on a positive note Aaron Traynor should return to the squad.

 


Officials
 | Mark Milligan (Referee), Robbie McMinn & Gary Ewing

 

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MATCH BALL SPONSOR – Derek Roulston

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Last Three Head to Head (All competitions)

  • Sunday 15 October 2023 – Newington 0 Portadown 2 (Mayse, Redman)
  • Wednesday 15 September 2021 – Portadown 2 (Anderson 2) Newington 0
  • Saturday 12th January 2008 – Portadown 1 (McCutcheon) Newington 0

 

Last Two Head to Head at Shamrock Park (All competitions)

  • Wednesday 15 September 2021 – Portadown 2 (Anderson 2) Newington 0
  • Saturday 12th January 2008 – Portadown 1 (McCutcheon) Newington 0

 

We Are Ports TV LIVE will have live coverage of the game against Dergview, the live stream is available at a cost of £7 and can be purchased and viewed via https://portstv.com/register/portadown-vs-newington-membership/

Online tickets for the game are available via PFC TICKETS – Portadown Football Club (portadownfc.co.uk)While online tickets for matches still remain, a cash gate is also available (except in the event where a game has sold out online in advance of the game). We would add however that purchasing your ticket online is the quickest and most convenient way to secure your seat for games and would still actively encourage supporters to avail of the facility. Portadown FC also operate a ‘Kid for a Quid’ scheme which sees any Primary school child admitted to the game for £1 when accompanied by a paying adult – up to 3 with any one paying adult.

A reminder about the Ports Hub facility at games at Shamrock Park which give you match info, player stats and exclusive interviews. To access the Ports Hub simply scan the QR code placed on every other seat’s backrest at Shamrock Park (as well as in the clubrooms) and you will give brought to a host of great content, think of it as your digital matchday programme!

With more families and community / youth groups visiting Shamrock Park on match days, the club has decided to re-launch our FAMILY AND COMMUNITY AREA. BLOCK B in the home stand has been designated as this area, a traditionally slightly quieter block and further away from opposition supporters. We recognise that football matches are noisy and passionate experiences for players and fans alike but we would also like children, families and community visitors of mixed abilities and needs to feel comfortable when they visit a match, for some, their very first football match.

Guidelines for supporters sitting in Block B will be clearly displayed at the front of that area and we encourage all patrons in the block to follow them:

  • PLEASE BE AWARE OF THOSE AROUND YOU.
  • PLEASE USE APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE.
  • BE POSITIVE TOWARDS PEOPLE ON THE PITCH.